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4) The UK National Health Service (NHS) has been described as single greatest experiment in social service that the world has ever seen undertaken. However, lately NHS is facing certain challenges. Examine these challenges and the lessons it offers to India’s move towards universal healthcare.

Topic:  Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health,

4) The UK National Health Service (NHS) has been described as single greatest experiment in social service that the world has ever seen undertaken. However, lately NHS is facing certain challenges. Examine these challenges and the lessons it offers to India’s move towards universal healthcare. (250 Words)

The Hindu

Why this question?

As debate on health is mainstream (thank to budget 2018), add to this the ongoing strike in the UK, what India can do to reform its health sector will be an evergreen topic. It’s a very important question for Mains-2018. 

Key demand of the question:

While writing about challenges being faced by NHS, also write about its positives and negatives, and the lessons it offers to India. The article doesn’t talk about the second part. You need to do little research and use imagination.

Directive Word:

Examine:  You should write about existing facts and information as demanded in the question. No opinion please. 

Structure of Answer:

In the introduction, write about India’s ambition to move towards universal healthcare, the mismatch between its ambition and actions, and how the NHS can be an inspiration. 

In the body, divide your answer into TWO mains parts (Challenges and Lessons). Within each part, create sub-parts and within each part, write about one dimension with example. (for example, in the Second part, sub-parts can be Funding, Recruitment of doctors(ratio) etc)

If you have more points, no need to write all with examples. Give example to 2-3 points in the beginning. Remaining points – just enumerate the without elaboration.

In the conclusion, mention new scheme National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS) and examine if it can be as potential as NHS (or write any other related though provoking conclusion)